Frans Heesen Building Another Boat

Shortly after Frans Heesen, founder of Heesen Yachts, and his wife took delivery of My Petra last year, he revealed they were already thinking about a bigger yacht. That yacht is the project referred to as YN 15747 (the build number)—signed, natura...

5th August 2010.
By Diane Byrne

Heesen YN 15747 lobby

Shortly after Frans Heesen, founder of Heesen Yachts, and his wife took delivery of My Petra last year, he revealed they were already thinking about a bigger yacht. That yacht is the project referred to as YN 15747 (the build number)—signed, naturally, at Heesen a few months ago.

Now comes word that Bannenberg & Rowell Design has been tapped for a “strikingly different” interior to complement the Omega Architects general arrangement and exterior styling.

 

Heesen YN 15747 stateroom

The 46.7-meter (153-foot) superyacht, with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, will draw inspiration from a diverse mix. There’s optical geometrics, where light affects transparent or opaque objects and even affects other light beams. There’s also 20th century industrial Dutch design and other general industrial elements. Words alone can’t really convey the concepts, so take a good look at the illustrations here, of the lower-deck guest lobby and stairs (top) plus a guest stateroom (above).

It will be interesting to see what the Heesens’ grandchildren—themselves a diverse bunch—think about the decor. My guess is that they probably won’t pay too much attention, given that the lower deck will practically be their own domain, as will the media and games room forward on the main deck. The Heesens will have their owner’s suite up on the upper deck… far from the screams of delight (or distress) when one child beats another at the latest Wii or PlayStation game.


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Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she contributes to Super Yacht World, Superyacht Business, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and a founding member of the U.S. Superyacht Association.
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